Choosing the Best Food Allergy Bracelet for Kids
Nearly 6 million children in the United States have food allergies. According to FoodAllergy.org, the following foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reaction: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. Statistics also show that food allergy in children is on the rise and that they are resolving slower than in previous decades. This means it takes longer for children to outgrow an allergy to milk, egg, or soy, for example.
While these stats seem overwhelming it can also mean that more parents can relate to managing food allergies in children. Being an “allergy parent” is certainly not an easy job but there are lots of ways to manage kids’ allergies and help raise awareness, particularly of lesser known allergies such as corn and red meat.
What are allergy medical ID bracelets?
Did you know? Food allergies cause more than one-quarter of a million ambulatory-care visits per year. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates that there are more than 300,000 such visits for children under the age of 18.
A medical ID also known as a medical alert bracelet is a wearable piece of jewelry that contains engraved medical information such as a child’s food allergy. This information is valuable to emergency responders especially when your child is unconscious, unable to speak, or not old enough to explain what may be happening to them or, how they feel.
Wearing a medical ID at all times helps ensure that your child is given the precise and prompt medical treatment that he or she needs during an emergency. For instance, a quick, decisive epinephrine injection can literally be a life-saver in the case of exposure to an allergen that is causing an anaphylactic reaction. Read this parent’s experience on using an epi-pen to save their 5 year old son.
3 Tips for Choosing the Best Allergy Medical ID
Having the right medical ID that gives you peace of mind and security is not just about functionality but style as well. This is especially true for young children and teens who want their accessories to fit and express their own style and personality.
The best medical ID bracelet for your child’s allergies is a medical ID that they’d be happy and comfortable to wear at all times. Of course, a medical ID must also be easily recognized by emergency responders and healthcare professionals. This is easily achieved by ensuring that any medical ID you buy has the widely recognized medical emblem
- Medical IDs can be both stylish and fun to wear
In the past, medical IDs were either stainless steel or sterling silver. Nowadays, parents can choose from different materials that vary on value, durability, comfort, and style. Silicone allergy bracelets are popular for being colorful, affordable, and easy to wear. Younger kids can even choose character medical ID bracelets that make wearing them even more fun and importantly, never boring.
Older children including pre-teens and teenagers can now choose medical IDs made with nylon sports bands, beaded bracelets, suede or leather wraps, and interchangeable features for easy mixing and matching. Valuable options like gold, silver, and titanium are also available for children and parents who appreciate the durability and style these precious metals typically offer.
Keep these options in mind when you shop for your child’s allergy medical ID bracelet and don’t forget to involve them in the choosing of an important accessory that can save their life.
- Custom Engraving
No two children are alike, so two medical IDs shouldn’t be either. Custom engraved medical IDs ensure that it communicates your child’s unique medical information. This is especially true for children living with multiple allergies or who are also living with other medical conditions.
Don’t forget to check your medical ID for accuracy and if it includes all your child’s present food allergies. Here’s a guide on what to engrave on your child’s medical ID.
Proper sizing contributes to the comfort and ease of wearing a medical ID at all times. Here’s a tip, when buying a medical ID use a measuring tape to accurately measure the wrist. Add half an inch or an inch to achieve the fit that your child is comfortable with i.e. some kids like a tight fit while some like their bracelets a little loose.
Remember, medical ID jewelry is only effective when it is actually worn and seen by emergency personnel. 95% of responders check around the neck or the wrist. Make sure that your child wears his or her allergy bracelet at all times by choosing a medical ID that’s comfortable and fun to wear.
Do you have an experience or advice to share on kids and allergy bracelets? Leave a comment below to share with other allergy parents!
About the author: Lace Llanora is a food allergy writer at American Medical ID. American Medical ID serves the medical community by offering quality medical ID’s that can be customized for any allergy or condition the wearer may have.